Recently, 38-year-old Corey Haim passed away suddenly. Like the deaths of other celebrities including Brittany Murphy, Heath Ledger and Anna Nicole Smith, prescription drug bottles were found in Haim's possession, although the cause of his death is still undetermined. Throughout the years, Haim didn't hide his battles with drugs, and his good friend, Corey Feldman, said Haim overdosed numerous times in the past. At one point, it was said that the star had an 80-pill-a-day addiction.
Dr. Phil is joined by Chris Jacobs, correspondent from The Insider, Dr. Phil contributor Kelly Osbourne and Mark Heaslip, Corey Haim's agent and friend to discuss the growing epidemic of prescription drug abuse. Dr. Phil asks Mark, "Were drugs involved in Corey's death?"
"At the end," he says. "Corey was actually two weeks clean, and his doctor, basically, weaned him off medications."
[AD]"In recent weeks and month, he was abusing drugs," Dr. Phil says.
"He was getting better and better as he was going," Mark says.
"This is a brain disease. It is a chronic situation, and it is a horrible thing, and I'm sorry that it happened to him," Dr. Phil says. "What I want to know, what America wants to know, what we all want to know, is how in the world he had access to 80 pills a day, and these were prescription pills."
"He was going to urgent cares," Mark says, noting that if Corey wasn't able to get the pills from one clinic, he went to another.
Dr. Phil turns to Kelly and asks her, "Is this surprising at all to you, to hear that you can get access to that many pills?"
"No, not at all," she says. "A lot of the time when you go to urgent care, they're so busy, they just want you in and out so they can get to the next patient." She adds that she's gone to clinics for an imaginary injury and if she complained enough, they would prescribe her what she wanted.
Kelly has had drug problems in the past and has been sober for one year. Dr. Phil asks her, "How many pills were you doing at the top?"
"I think about it, and it just shames me to think that I was ever like that," she says. "I was taking up to 50 Vicodin a day, and then when that started to make me sick, because the Tylenol was eating away at the lining of my stomach, I then switched to OxyContin, because it had less side effects."
[AD]Dr. Phil says to Chris, "These are not isolated circumstances."
He agrees. "The celebrities that we know about are emblematic of the epidemic that's happening in high schools and colleges, and even sometimes in grade schools, all across the country," he says. "These prescription pills are being abused. Whether they get it prescribed to themselves from a doctor, or they're stealing it from their parents, or getting it off the Internet, which is a huge problem, it really needs to be monitored more closely."
"What did The Insider recently learn about Corey Haim's new friend, Daisy De La Hoya?" Dr. Phil asks.
"Daisy De La Hoya came on our panel, and she reported to us that within a couple weeks of Corey's death, he had texted her requesting [the muscle relaxer] Soma, and I know that Corey had had a problem with Soma," he says. "We have no knowledge of whether it's true or not."
Mark doubts Daisy's story, explaining that Corey's doctor took him out of town when he was weaning off the medications, because she knew it would be difficult for Corey.
"Corey was drug addict," Kelly says. "I could sit in a room with my parents, pretending to be clean and sober, with a doctor, on a detox, and still find a way to get them."
"I don't mean to report that with any disrespect to Corey," Chris says, "but it's also true that he had four different prescriptions written to him by a doctor, for Vicodin, Valium and Haldol, all of which are dangerous in combination. So, it wasn't just Daisy who he went to to supply him with these drugs. He was getting them."
"After he completed his program with his doctor, she drove him to an addiction specialist," Mark says.
[AD]"It doesn't matter if she was a doctor or not, because the doctors are the ones prescribing these poisons," Kelly says.
Los Angeles County Deputy Coroner Ed Winter reports that the official word on Corey Haim's death is that he had pneumonia, an enlarged heart and water in his lungs when he died on March 10. A drug overdose cannot be ruled out until toxicology reports are completed.